Our Story

One of Australia’s first e-commerce businesses…

Gift Sensations began as a small home business in a Sydney garage in the Spring of 1999, with our founder tired of the expensive, poor quality Christmas gifts that typically circulated around corporate society.

What began as a simple mail-order business quickly grew into one of Australia’s pioneering web commerce companies, alongside the “dot-com boom” of the late 1990s, as we began to transition from traditional methods of business into becoming purely online. As such, we became one of the very first e-commerce sites selling gifts to Australian families and businesses.

Gift Sensations’ runaway success persisted throughout the 2000s and 2010s, as consumers and businesses alike embraced the convenience of online shopping.


Making the Hunter Valley our home…

In 2014, we left the ‘big smoke’ in favour of a nature-filled and wine-centric lifestyle afforded by the Central Coast and Hunter regions north of Sydney. Allowing our creativity to flourish, and develop more fruitful partnerships with local food and wine producers has resulted in even better quality products, more value for our customers, and directly supporting Australian farmers, wineries and gourmet kitchens. Our Hunter Valley premises is strategically located amongst Newcastle’s transport and freight hubs, ensuring rapid delivery throughout the eastern coast of Australia and with excellent road access to rural and regional locations.

For 20 years and counting, our ethos have stayed exactly the same. Our focus is on providing unmatched quality and attention to detail. Having grown from a small home business to one of Australia’s largest and most successful online and corporate gift basket manufacturers; one thing that hasn’t changed during this long transition is making beautiful gourmet gift baskets with real character – much more than just a selection of foods.


The Gift Sensations Difference…

If you have ever received a gift basket or gift hamper from another company, you’ll immediately appreciate the extra effort we put into our gifts. Every gift we send is made to order, which means that we put specific care in making your gift simply perfect. Saggy cellophane wrapping, clumsy food positioning, weak packaging; none of the usual problems with buying gift baskets online will be present in your Gift Sensations hamper.

All of our hampers have their contents secured with strong shrink-sealing, and are individually finished with hand-tied chartreuse ribbons – with your personalised gift card tied within! We want to make sure that the hamper your recipient gets looks just the same, or better, than the pictures you see on this site.

To ensure this, we’ve put a tremendous number of hours into designing a state-of-the-art packaging system that secures your valued food and wine products firmly in place, and built to withstand the sometimes treacherous conditions of the Australian climate. We place our reputation on our presentation – if you or your recipient isn’t completely satisfied with a Gift Sensations gift, we’ll make it right for you. Guaranteed.